Canadians are struggling to lead healthy lifestyles. The result is a growing prevalence of chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease that account for 17% of all health care costs in Canada and tragically, 43% of all deaths. The CHANGE (Canadian Health Advanced by Nutrition and Graded Exercise) Program, based on evidence from diet and exercise research, focuses on long-term changes and overall well-being. It simultaneously targets the conditions that often progress to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, while reducing the need for medication. In this session, participants will hear about the implementation of the CHANGE program in various setting across Canada. The results from Alberta and British Columbia will be shared to demonstrate potential implementation strategies along with new opportunities in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.
Dr. Doug Klein is a Professor with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta. His research experience has included both qualitative and quantitative research methods. He has strong connections to primary care physicians through his work with Primary Care Networks in Alberta. Dr. Klein has expertise in behaviour change including the Theory of Planned Behaviour, often used in lifestyle interventions. He has been recruited for his experience in primary care research by provincial and national committees. Dr. Klein is a recognized expert on lifestyle intervention in primary care and has several ongoing research and health promotion projects based in primary care in Alberta. Dr. Klein’s practice interests include nutrition, physical activity, health promotion and community engagement.
Dr. Klein is passionate about health promotion and the health benefits of nature, he can often be found outdoors with his family.